The Royal Burgh of Kirkwall is the capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago, standing at the dividing point between East and West Mainland.
The town of Kirkwall was founded around 1035 by Earl Rognvald Brusason and quickly became the administrative centre of Orkney. With its harbour and airport, it is the arrival point for ferries from Shetland and Aberdeen, cruise ships, and flights from the UK, and departure point for ferries to the other islands in Orkney. It is the best place to stock up on supplies for heading on.
Kirkwall's best feature is perhaps its sandstone St Magnus Cathedral, widely considered the finest medieval building in the north of Scotland. The original town is one of the best preserved examples of an ancient Norse town. Other sites of historical interest in the town include including the Bishop’s Palace and Earl’s Palace.
Kirkwall was once a quiet place of contemplation but is now a bustling market town, a lively centre for shopping and eating out. Visitors will find a wide range of accommodation on the island that caters for long and short stays, bed and breakfast or self-catering.
Inganess Bay is located on the north eastern coastline of Mainland Orkney.
Scapa bay is found on the southern coastline of Mainland Orkney.
Balfour is a small village situated in Elwick Bay on the Orkney island of Shapinsay.
Tankerness is a small settlement situated on Deer Sound, 5 miles south east of Kirkwall, on...
The Bay of Sandgarth is found on Shipinsay, Orkney
Waulkmill beach is located on the southern coast of Mainland Orkney.
Shapinsay is a small, low-lying island just a few miles north east of Kirkwall in Orkney.
This large sandy beach below Skara Brae is found on Mainland Orkney.
The parish of Firth lies between Kirkwall and Stromness on the north shoreline of the Bay of Firth...
The parish of Holm is six miles south of Kirkwall on Mainland Orkney, with splendid views over St...
Finstown lies at the head of the Bay of Firth, halfway between Stromness and Kirkwall on Mainland...
The old West Mainland parish of Rendall is situated on Widefirth Bay, looking out to Kirkwall and...
Orphir overlooks Scapa Flow, situated between Kirkwall and Stromness on Mainland Orkney.
Deerness is a peninsula located to the east end of Mainland, Orkney.
Dingieshowe beach is located in Orkney.
Newark Beach is found in Deerness, Orkney.
Burray is a small island between South Ronaldsay and the Orkney Mainland, in the south of the...
Harray is located 3 miles north west of Finstown, to the east of Loch of Harray, on Mainland Orkney...
The village of Stenness is situated at the south-east end of Loch of Stenness, south west of...
The village of Evie is located to the north of Mainland, Orkney, close to the Broch of Gurness.
Aikerness Bay is located in Evie, Orkney.
The picturesque town of St Margaret's Hope is located at northern end of South Ronaldsay.
The Sands of Wright is found on South Ronaldsay, Orkney.
Dounby is a village on Mainland Orkney located to the north of the Loch of Harray, 14 miles north...
Flotta, from the Norse for 'flat isle'.
Amidst the great tides of the Atlantic and the North Sea lies a group of islands that encompasses...
The captivating old town of Stromness is located on the shore of Hamnavoe, an inlet of Scapa Flow,...
South Ronaldsay is the nearest parish to Mainland Scotland, being just 6.5 miles across the...
Sandwick is a large parish on the west side of Mainland Orkney, to the west of Dounby.
Midhowe is found on Rousay, Orkney.
Warebeth is a beach on the south west coast of Mainland Orkney.
Birsay, in Orkney's West Mainland, boasts the ruins of the once mighty Earl's Palace.
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